Chemistry Faculty Publish on the Chemistry Skills Gap

Posted on 2/28/2017 10:29:44 PM

Anne Kondo and Justin Fair recently published a paper in the Journal of Chemical Education highlighting in-demand skills employers seek.


“Insight into the Chemistry Skills Gap: The Duality between Expected and Desired Skills,” J. Chem. Educ., Article ASAP 

Employers expect candidates with technical abilities, but desire those who possess strong interprofessional skills. Although employers do not expect students to have had explicit teaching and application of interprofessional skills, employers wish that chemistry programs incorporated them.

The results show which particular skills, specific to chemists and in relation to other fields, make up the skills gap and are in demand. Employers of chemistry majors utilize grade-point average as an initial metric to rank candidates, much like other STEM and non-STEM employers, but, unlike most other fields, they choose candidates who have had team experiences specifically related to chemistry topics. The discussion illustrates how and when chemistry candidates can best highlight their acquired skill sets. These results will be of interest to those who develop and implement chemistry curricula and to BS Chemistry students.

Department of Chemistry